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UMass Amherst Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson
November 24, 2020

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November 13, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich, Andrew Lover, and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Kimberley Geissler and Laura Attanasio (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling; connections between toxins, genes, and disease; and inadequacies in postpartum care.

October 30, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Rachel Volberg (both Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Edward Calabrese (Environmental Health Sciences), and Sofiya Alhassan (Kinesiology) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling, and how to keep children active during the pandemic.

October 26, 2020

Researchers from the UMass Breast Health Study are looking for young women to participate in a study on the determinants of breast tissue density in young women. 

UMass Amherst assistant professor of epidemiology Nicole VanKim
October 23, 2020

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Nicole VanKim has received a four-year, $600,000 early career development award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to investigate physiologic stress and sexual orientation disparities in risk for Type 2 diabetes among women.

October 16, 2020

SPHHS researchers Laura Balzer, Nicholas Reich, Rachel Volberg, and Brian Whitcomb, (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier, Richard Pilsner, and Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences), and Elizabeth Evans (Health Promotion and Policy) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, reports on the social and economic impacts of gambling, sperm biomarkers that may predict male fertility, the health effects of man-made chemicals, the effectiveness of face masks in protecting against air pollution, and prevention efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Rachel Volberg
October 14, 2020

The opening of MGM Springfield – the first resort-style casino in the state – stimulated the local and statewide economy and enhanced job and educational opportunities for a diverse workforce while not resulting in any increase in the rate of problem gambling or at-risk gamblers. Those are some of the key findings from the latest round of Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study reports, which feature findings from surveys of MGM Springfield employees, casino patrons and community residents.

SPHHS faculty members Richard Pilsner and Brian Whitcomb
October 6, 2020

An interdisciplinary research team including lead author Allyson Rosati, who recently completed a master’s in molecular and cellular biology, environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, and epidemiologist Brian Whitcomb, has identified a single-measure biomarker in sperm mitochondrial DNA that may predict male reproductive health and pregnancy success.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is home to the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) Study
October 5, 2020

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, based at UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, will host on Wednesday, Oct. 14 the 2020 Public Research Day Webinar titled “Springfield’s Two Years as a Casino Host: Looking Back and Looking Forward.”

October 2, 2020

SPHHS researchers Nicholas Reich and Andrew Lover (both Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences), and Amanda Paluch (Kinesiology), along with undergraduate student Kerri Watkins (Nutrition), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic, tick surveillance research, pollutants, health tracking devices, and healthy diets.

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